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Melanie Ross Levin — A Legacy of Impactful Advocacy

At the heart of Delaware’s progress stands Melanie Ross Levin, a steadfast advocate whose career is defined by transformative actions for women and families. As the current Director of the Office of Women's Advancement and Advocacy, Melanie has been instrumental in championing policies and initiatives that have reshaped the state’s landscape toward equality and support for all.

Proven Results: A Record of Legislative Triumphs

Melanie's tenure is marked by an impressive array of legislative victories that have set national precedents:

  • Orchestrated the enactment of Paid Family and Medical Leave, establishing Delaware as a beacon for state workers’ rights.

  • Drove the successful campaign for the nation's first ban on child marriage, setting a transformative legal precedent.

  • Played a pivotal role in the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, reaffirming Delaware's commitment to gender equality.

  • Spearheaded the CROWN Act, ensuring protection against hair-based discrimination, and expanded Medicaid for pregnant women, a crucial step in healthcare accessibility.

  • Advocated for laws protecting pregnant workers, significantly raising the minimum wage, and increasing access to menstrual hygiene products in schools and prisons.

Building a More Inclusive Delaware

 

Beyond legislation, Melanie has initiated projects that have enriched the state's inclusivity and diversity:

  • Added essential facilities such as 17 lactation rooms and 50 changing tables to accommodate working parents.

  • Implemented the state’s first LGBTQ action plan for state employees, fostering a workplace of equality and acceptance.

  • Produced the largest art exhibit in Delaware history, featuring 170 portraits celebrating the state’s women and their achievements.

  • Empowered over 700 women with the skills needed for effective salary negotiation since 2017.
     

With her daughter Elliana, Melanie is also a key contributor to creating Delaware’s first educational Holocaust memorial, dedicated to fostering historical awareness and education.

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